Mercedes offers 4X4 Crew Van

Mercedes offers 4X4 Crew Van

Drawing interest parked along the street outside my home during a summer week was a big, red Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Crew Van. This is the high-roof model, competing with other commercial vans, such as Ram ProMaster, Ford Transit Connect, Chevy…

China-built Envision strengthens Buick

China-built Envision strengthens Buick

A spirited performer it is, the 2019 Buick Envision, right out of a GM factory in China. It’s mildly impressive, not only for its performance, but also its exterior style and interior comfort and quietness. The Envision was designed originally…

SH-AWD platform, 10-speed boost Acura RDX

SH-AWD platform, 10-speed boost Acura RDX

A floating roof design, with which another Japanese maker found success two or three years ago, and wraparound rear window are most visible of the extensive makeover for the 2019 Acura RDX. A new 10-speed automatic transmission and torque-vectoring all-wheel…

Ford Mustang GT is 1-in-10-million

Ford Mustang GT is 1-in-10-million

Ford, for 10 million reasons, spared the iconic Mustang when the company’s decision-makers said recently they’ll soon end production of all their other sedans, in favor of trucks and SUVs. Ten million Mustangs have rolled off the Ford assembly lines…

EcoSport assumes small role for Ford

EcoSport assumes small role for Ford

Ford SUVs sold in record numbers in June, emphasizing its recent decision to soon get out of the business of building automobile sedans. I’ve driven its newest, and smallest, SUV – the subcompact Ford EcoSport. Rounding out Ford’s strong SUV/crossover…

GX460 is tough Lexus; LS surpasses $100,000

GX460 is tough Lexus; LS surpasses $100,000

I’ve driven back-to-back in early summer two Lexus luxuries – the 2018 GX460 midsize sport utility vehicle and the LS500 full-size sedan. To spend time in the GX460 is to be reminded of Toyota’s 4Runner, which I’ve considered one of…

Sizing up the 2018 Nissan Armada

Sizing up the 2018 Nissan Armada

The big, comfortable-riding Nissan Armada showed up on U.S. shores in 2003 to compete with the Toyota Sequoia, which had been introduced over here three years earlier. The two have been sharp rivals in the full-size sport utility vehicle market…

Back then . . . . . 1980 VW Jetta

Back then . . . . . 1980 VW Jetta

The original VW Jetta in Colorado in 1980.(The following column, by Bud Wells, appeared in The Denver Post on Saturday, June 28, 1980. It was the introduction of the Jetta to the Volkswagen lineup. At that time, only Toyota outsold…

Redesign sparks sales push for ‘19 VW Jetta

Redesign sparks sales push for ‘19 VW Jetta

Looking good in my driveway was the all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, redesigned with a small turbocharged engine and 8-speed automatic transmission, and sporting an exterior of “tornado red.” With a sticker of $25,625, the moderate pricing and new appearance should…

Style, twin-turbo V-6 empower Navigator

Style, twin-turbo V-6 empower Navigator

As I approached the two sets of steep, tightly linked hairpin curves in the new Lincoln Navigator on the Devils Gulch Road to Estes Park, I twisted a knob to “slow climb” mode; the big SUV slowed, grunted a bit…